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EMBO Workshop

Computational models of life: From molecular biology to digital twins

26 November – 01 December 2023 | Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain

  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 18 September 2023
  • Chosen Participants for Abstracts Will Be Notified By
  • 25 September 2023
  • Final Registration and Payment Deadline
  • 16 October 2023

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About the Workshop

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Single-cell and spatial omics have increased the data granularity available for understanding biological mechanisms as well as exponentially increasing the amount of biomedical data available. Modelling has helped biomedical projects by uncovering mechanisms behind drug synergies and personalizing drug treatments while allowing for the study of all scales, from molecules to cells to tissues to organs and even to whole bodies. High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments have enabled the scaling up of scientific computing allowing it to reach an unprecedented scope. HPC has become an essential tool in many fields due to its ability to power up data analysis, storage and large-scale processing.

This in-person 5-day EMBO Workshop will gather early-career researchers and field leaders at the crossroads of single-cell omics, modelling and HPC to pave the way for realistic, scalable human digital twins of cells, tissues and organs. Presentations and discussions around these rapidly-evolving topics will push the field forward by training researchers with techniques from neighbouring fields and allowing them to tackle problems using combined approaches.

Additionally, we will hold training courses and mentoring sessions to prepare a new generation of early-career researchers to address the fundamental problems of having realistic, scalable human digital twins.

Image credits: Miguel Ponce de León, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 18 September 2023
  • Chosen Participants for Abstracts Will Be Notified By
  • 25 September 2023
  • Final Registration and Payment Deadline
  • 16 October 2023



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation: Five nights in a shared double room at the Eden Roc Hotel and Spa
  • Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks during the entire workshop
  • Transportation: Programmed departures from Barcelona airport and main train station to Sant Feliu de Guixols (Sunday 26 Nov at 17:30) and return (1 December arriving to Barcelona around 17pm)
  • Social activity: Two options to choose from


Registration fees can be paid via major card. Payment details will be sent upon acceptance to the workshop.

Selection criteria

Participants are required to provide a motivation letter and a one-page CV.

We aim to have early-career researchers from all continents. We will focus on PhD students and recently graduated postdocs from Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science fields. We are aware that most students might come with a computational biology background, but we will look for students from these areas as their contribution is paramount to this community.

Gender balance is a goal that has our utmost attention. We have a balanced organizing committee and presenters' list, and we aim to have a balanced students' list.

Participants will be reviewed on correctness, originality, and technical strength of their abstract and the alignment to the workshop topics with their career and interests stated in their CV and motivation letter.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be 350 words maximum and should cover what are you working on and what techniques you are using to answer your scientific question that is relevant for this workshop. You will also be asked about which session you consider closer to your work.

Poster specifications

The proposed poster size is A0 format (portrait). The size of the poster stand is 196 cm high x 96 cm wide.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are availablefor scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

At EMBO, we believe that harassment and discriminatory behaviour are unacceptable in any setting. EMBO's code of conduct is applicable for all participants of this EMBO meeting and can be found here.



Janine Marie Gehrig Lux

For more information about the workshop and to learn about our sponsorship opportunities contact:

Jaume Lozano




Eden Roc Mediterranean Hotel & Spa
Punta de Port Salvi, s/n
17220 Sant Feliu de Guíxols


We have booked double rooms for students to share and individual rooms for the speakers.


We will meet participants at the Barcelona airport and at the Barcelona Sants train station, both of which have international connections. From there, buses will be organized to go to the hotel on November 26 and to return on December 1.

About the Area

Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a charming town located on the Costa Brava in Girona, Spain. It is an important port and tourist center with sandy beaches, natural countryside, and complete sporting facilities. The town has a modern feel and is just one hour from Barcelona. There are many popular attractions in Sant Feliu de Guíxols including the Benedictine Monastery, a via ferrata, different marine areas, water sports, walking trails, and temporary exhibitions at the Carmen Thyssen Space.

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